Yuji Ohno

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Yuji Ohno
Also known asMahou P., Peter Stone
Born (1941-05-30) 30 May 1941 (age 79)
Atami, Shizuoka, Japan
GenresJazz fusion, jazz, electronic, experimental, new wave, ambient, Soundtrack
  • Musician
  • composer
  • orchestrator
  • pianist
InstrumentsKeyboard, piano
Years active1968–present
Associated actsMiroslav Vitous, Lenny White, Masa Matsuda

Yuji Ohno (大野 雄二, Ōno Yūji, born 30 May 1941 in Atami, Shizuoka, Japan) is a Japanese jazz musician. Ohno is known for his musical scoring of Japanese anime television series, particularly Lupin III, and most famously the 1977 series Lupin III Part II and the feature film The Castle of Cagliostro.[1] Later anime series scored by Ohno include Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars, the 1979 Toei series Captain Future (known as Capitaine Flam in France) and the 1982 series Space Adventure Cobra. He has composed scores for live-action films, namely Toei's tokusatsu series Seiun Kamen Machineman, his only work on this genre to date. His music was also featured on the very rare Hi-Vision LaserDisc "Ordinary Europe" from Pioneer in 1993.[citation needed]

Ohno is also a member of a jazz trio with Czech bassist Miroslav Vitous and American drummer Lenny White, The Lupintic Five (later The Lupintic Six) and You & The Explosion Band.

Early Life[edit]

Born in the founding family of Atami City's Hotel Ohnoya, Ohno began playing piano in elementary school.[2] He formed the group Junior Light Music with clarinetist and future NHK announcer Isamu Akashi, a classmate at Keio Senior High School.[2] It was at this time that he taught himself jazz.[2] While enrolled in the Faculty of Law at Keio University he was a member of the prestigious big band "Keio University Light Music Society". Later in college, on the recommendation of Fujica rainbow two, he joined a quintet with Takeshi Shibuya.[2]


Ohno made his recording debut in 1966 backing Hideo Shiraki and Yūzō Kayama on their record Hideo Shiraki Meets Yuzo Kayama.[2]

He took a leave of absence from the piano in the early 1970s and devoted himself to composing, working on TV dramas and movie accompaniments. In 1976, Ohno composed the score for the fom The Inugami Family. Kōji Ishizaka, who starred in the film, was a classmate of Ohno's at Keio High School and Keio University. The promotional literature for the theatrical release contains an article about Ishizaka's visit to Ohno's recording studio.[2]


  • Sound Adventure Act.1 (1975)
  • Yoshiko Sai – Mangekyou (Producer/Composer) (1975)
  • The Inugami Family (1976)[3]
  • Space Kid (1978)
  • Daitsuiseki (1978)
  • Silent Dialogue (1979, with Masa Matsuda)
  • The Golden Dog: Original Sound Track (1979)[4]
  • Captain Future Original Soundtrack [キャプテン・フューチャー – Original Sound Track] (1979)
  • Cosmos (1981)
  • Lifetide (1982)
  • Space Cobra (1983, with Kentaro Haneda)[3][5]
  • Lupin The 3rd: Perfect Collection (1984)
  • Lupin III Theme Collection (1991)
  • Lupin the Third 「JAZZ」 (1999)
  • Lupin the Third 「JAZZ」 the 2nd (2000)
  • Lupin the Third 「JAZZ」 the 3rd. Funky & Pop (2001)
  • Lupin the Third 「JAZZ」 Another Jazz (2002)
  • Lupin the Third 「JAZZ」 Bossa & Fusion (2002)
  • Lupin the Third 「JAZZ」 Christmas (2003)
  • Lupin the Third 「JAZZ」 Plays the "Standards (2003)
  • Lupin the Third 「JAZZ」 Plays the "Standards" & Others (2004)
  • Lupin Trois (2004, with Kahimi Karie)
  • Lupin the Third 「JAZZ」 Cool for Joy (2005)
  • Lupin the Third 「JAZZ」 the 10th, New Flight (2006)
  • Lupin the Third 「JAZZ」 What's Going On (2007, with the Lupintic Five)


  1. ^ Patten, Fred (2004). Watching anime, reading manga: 25 years of essays and reviews. Stone Bridge Press. p. 97. ISBN 1-880656-92-2.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Gamo, Yuichi (2018). Shōwa kayō shokugyō sakkyokuka gaido (1st ed.). Tōkyō: Shinko Music Entertainment. pp. 190–191. ISBN 9784401643714.
  3. ^ a b Limbacher, James L.; Wright, H. Stephen (1991). Keeping score : film and television music, 1980-1988 : with additional coverage of 1921-1979. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press. p. 563. ISBN 9780810824539. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Golden Dog [Original TV Movie Soundtrack] - Yuji Ohno | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  5. ^ Larson, Randall D. Musique Fantastique: A Survey of Film Music in the Fantastic Cinema. Scarecrow Press. p. 522. ISBN 978-0-8108-1728-9. Retrieved 28 February 2021.

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